There have been plenty of featurettes and retrospective documentaries recalling the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, especially in recent years. However, getting a glimpse from behind-the-scenes of the original movies as they were being made is a rare gift. But someone recently found a rare hour-long Empire Strikes Back documentary from 1980 and uploaded it for us all to enjoy.
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Carrie Fisher and Barbara Streisand are not in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Legend has it, however, that director Steven Spielberg wanted to play a practical joke on his star, Harrison Ford, while filming a scene where Indy is captured by the Thuggee. Spielberg got the famous singer to dress up as a dominatrix and whip him. Then, the story goes that Carrie Fisher popped in with Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner. Rumors of this footage have been whispered between Indiana Jones fans for years and now, finally, JoBlo has found it. The quality isn’t great; it looks bad, and sounds bad. But it’s better to have a raw version of this gem than none at all. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
I love unconventional interviews, recorded conversations between actors, actresses, directors and screenwriters about the filmmaking process. It might be that the relationships that have already been established on set translate to a more honest interesting and entertaining interview. That is one of the many reasons I LOVED Jon Favreau‘s old television talk show Dinner For Five. Favreau has attempted to capture the same experience with a series of cast interviews he conducted for The Huffington Post to promote Cowboys & Aliens. The first interview is with his film’s co-star Harrison Ford. Ford is notoriously a dry/bad interview: I’ve heard many horror stories from my colleagues — he loves to work but seems to hate talking/promoting his films. But Favreau was able to get Ford’s A-game and get him to open up about his work over the years. You can watch the video interview clips embedded after the jump.
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This morning it was reported that Irvin Kershner, who directed the best of the Star Wars feature films, The Empire Strikes Back, had died in Los Angeles. Star Wars creator/producer/director George Lucas has issued a statement in memory of Kershner.
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Irvin Kershner, who directed the first (and best) sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, has died in Los Angeles. The AFP reports that he had been suffering from a long illness, citing his goddaughter, but does not otherwise report a specific cause of death. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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